Dez Bryant finds himself in the center of controversy once again, this time concerning a police report that was filed in 2011.
The NFL media has released the 2011 Walmart incident report involving the Dallas Cowboys receiver. The report states that an officer of the Lancaster, Texas, police department was dispatched to the scene of an “unknown disturbance.” Prior to the officer's arrival, dispatchers reported that an unidentified person reported seeing a man drag a woman from one vehicle to another vehicle. The unknown person then added that the vehicle the woman had been dragged from was still in the parking lot with its door open. The vehicle was a white Mercedes Benz registered to Bryant.
On arrival, the officer made contact with the Yale security guard in the Walmart parking lot. He then told the officer that the unidentified person told him about the disturbance, but when he went to check it out no one was there, just a white Mercedes with its door open and a child's toy on the ground. He then described how moments later two gentlemen pulled up next to the Benz in a black Cadillac Escalade, (also registered to Bryant).
The officer then spoke to the two men separately. They each had the same story, stating that they were called by Ilyne Nash, Bryant's girlfriend at the time, to pick up her white Mercedes in the parking lot of the Walmart.
As the officer continued to speak to the two men, Bryant and the alleged victim, (Nash), pulled into the parking lot in a white Bentley. Nash then told the officer that she was in the parking lot with a man she had an argument with. She then left with him, before contacting the two males in the black Escalade to pick up her vehicle. She told the cop that she was not injured or assaulted in any way, that it was just an argument. She said the man took her to a friend's house, before she contacted Bryant to pick her up.
Bryant told the officer that Nash called him to pick her up, after having an argument with someone. He went to pick her up, and then took her back to the parking lot after being advised to come back. Bryant stayed with her for support. After the officer spoke with each person, it was determined that there was no offense and everyone was free to go on their way.
Bryant took to twitter, posting a statement that read, “Just Stop with the b.s. It's clear as day what's going on. I might need to do [an] exclusive interview about my life these past five years since the world is destined to know. I use to let a lot of people take advantage of my life, now that I'm no longer allowing that to happen it seems to be a problem. I'm not ashamed of [any] of my past incidents, because that's what made me who I am today.”
This incident has sparked a ton of NFL discussion. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported there may be video footage, but the tape's existence has not yet been determined.
If there was an occurrence in the parking lot, then that footage, if any, would have been caught on a surveillance camera owned and operated by Walmart. Ultimately, Walmart isn't obligated to share any video caught through its system. However, for Bryants clarity, if a video doesn't exist, Walmart, or someone in a position to clear him, should speak out and say so, that way the rumor can be put to rest.